NEAR HOF member Russ Conway passes

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Russ Conway

We have lost one of the most prominent figures in the northeast racing community. Russ Conway died yesterday August 20th. He was brought to his first race by his father Paul in 1956 at the Pines Speedway. His father worked on the fire rescue team at the track. His passion for auto racing and its people lasted for his entire life. He got his start writing for the Pines Speedway as a teenager and then attended Northeastern University and got his first major assignment covering the Boston Bruins in 1967 at age 18.

Russ teamed up with Ken Smith and Charlie Elliot in the late 1960s to build Star Speedway and formed NESMRA which ran supermodified races up and down the east coast for over 20 years. He was the co-founder to some of New England’s biggest auto races which are still going strong today. These events include the Star Classic, World Series of Speedway Racing, Oktoberfest of Racing. He worked at the Eagle-Tribune for years and his investigative journalism efforts helped bring down Alan Eagleson on charges of corruption with the National Hockey League Players Association. He is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame. He was a part of the original 6 board members with the North East Motor Sports Museum and created its first major annual event, Legends Day.

Funeral and calling hour arrangements have not been finalized.

 

Originally posted by the North East Motor Sports Museum

NEAR at Seekonk Speedway

Modified Winner Curt Snow

 

Sportsman Winner Spanky Bancroft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   Paul Jacques 2nd              Modified

 

 

     Joe Keefner 3rd             Sportsman

 

  

Bob Seward Sr. 2nd          Sportsman
 
 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Nick Teto, Jennifer Taylor, and RG

A great time was had by all on Saturday, August 10, 2019 as NEAR appeared at the Seekonk Speedway. Our members enjoyed three Sportsman/Modified combined practice sessions, a 10 lap qualifying heat, and a combined 15 lap feature. The staff at Seekonk is second to none and ran a very professional event.

Seekonk awarded podium trophies for both the Sportsman and Modified top 3 finishers. Curt Snow in the #110 bested the Modifieds, followed by the #8 of Paul Jacques and #76m of Rick MacDowell.  The Sportsman were led by the #15 of Spanky Bancroft, the #69 B of Bob Seward Sr., and the #827 of Joe Keefner. Unfortunately, the Flying 9 of Kevin Weeks practiced, but encountered mechanical issues and could not race the feature.

We would like to thank all the members that came out to participate in this very enjoyable and competitive show.

The NEAR Hall of Fame Truck was out on the midway and held a kid’s Bike Raffle. There also was a strong showing by the hometown ProNyne Motorsports Museum and the collection of Brad Cohen in the truck’s showcases.

Thanks to those that made the event a huge success!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Near Hall of Fame 2019 Class announced

The NEAR Hall of Fame Class for 2019 has been decided. The gentlemen to be honored on
Sunday, November 10, 2019 are:

Mike Joy – National Motorsports Broadcast Legend

Ed Flemke Jr. – Modified Tour driver/Chassis Builder

Wayne Dion – Multi -Division Driving Champion

Vinny Annarumo – Pro Stock/Modified Seekonk 7 time Champion

Jack Doyle – Drag Racer, Promoter, Legend

Brad LaFontaine –  Modified Championship Crew Chief /Chassis Fabricator/Parts Business Owner

Ric Mariscal – Founder/Conservator of the ProNyne Motorsports Museum in Pawtucket, RI

Bob Webber Sr. – Owner of  Star and Hudson Speedways in  NH

Congratulations to all those being enshrined into the HOF at Maneely’s Banquet Hall, 65 Rye Street, South Windsor, CT

Order forms  for tickets are available lower on this post. 

Please plan on attending this is sure to be a sold out event.  

HOF TICKET FORM

Advertising opportunities as well as congratulatory messages are available in The Hall of Fame Book. These are popular keepsakes for all Banquet attendees. Please consider supporting NEAR activities with your message!

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Updated 2020 NEAR Hall of Fame Nomination forms

It soon will be time to unveil the members of the 2019 Class of the NEAR Hall of Fame. Preparations are underway to celebrate their induction at Maneeley’s Banquet Facility in South Windsor, Ct. The banquet will  be held on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2019.

We must prepare for 2020, so here are the forms needed to nominate a deserving person for the Hall. Please click on and download from the links provided and mail to the address on the form.

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NEAR at Bethel Speedway for “Remembering Danbury Night”

NEAR South will be supporting this event. There will be running(heats and feature) and static opportunities for those interested. The NEAR HOF truck is scheduled to attend. Any wishing to display Danbury /SNYRA memorabilia is welcome to do so on the midway. Please contact Rich at 860-209-7343 for more info.

NASCAR Whelen All-American Series(NWAAS) Lajoie Auto & Scrap Recycling / Joe’s Bar & Grill presents ‘Remembering Danbury Racearena’. BMS Modified ‘Ev Pierce Memorial’ 50 Laps ($750. to Win, based on 20 cars Double Points) plus Northeast Vintage Dirt Mod Club, New England Antique Racers  &, Long Island Asphalt Vintage Club.

July 13 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Bethel Motor Speedway, 361 Horseshoe Lake Road 
Bethel, NY 12783 United States 
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Great car count at Monodnock for NEAR Event

Story/pictures courtesy of Angie Bullock

On June 22nd NEAR ran at Monadnock Speedway in New Hampshire. We had a great turnout of cars, thank you to all of our members for your continuing support.

The Sportsman class was the first feature out, with Darragh Hoyt in the #5 Chevelle with the win. The #69 NH of Ed Gould earned a second place finish, and the #7vt of Wayne Wojytna finished third.

In the modifieds, Bob Donahue in the #99 nh  

worked his way way up from the back to take the win. Another Donahue Racing entry, the #99 driven by Steven Gauthier, was second.  The #76X  Camaro of Rick MacDowell took down the third position.

Thank you Monadnock Speedway for your hospitality, immaculate facility, and a  great night of racing!